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Vacation Picturebook: Aldermans in Alabama

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.56.41 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 6.05.07 PM{first stop – after 12 hours of driving, who doesn’t want a cold beer and HUGE nachos at a bar with the coolest name ever}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.57.22 PM{before there was the beach, there was the pool … well, in this case there was, and it was just so peaceful}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.57.32 PM{after-dinner bushwackers at LuLu’s – Jimmy Buffett’s sister’s restaurant}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.57.42 PM{the best breakfast everrrr – bananas in pajamas + mimosa flight}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.58.20 PM{day at the beach with these cuties – isn’t he going to make the best dad??}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.57.57 PM{view from our balcony and view of our beach towels}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.58.32 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.58.46 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 6.00.10 PM{LOVED this restaurant in Orange Beach; also LOVED meeting up with some beautiful girls I haven’t seen in 3 years!}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.58.05 PM{final meal – shrimp and grits perfectly peppery shrimp and amazingly cheesy grits}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.58.59 PM{let the wedding festivities begin!}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 6.01.36 PM{stunning wedding, venue and bride – what more do you need?}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.59.08 PM{yep, we did the sprinklr down the aisle}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.59.17 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 6.04.42 PM{love this lady so much and was so excited to be part of this special day – can’t wait to visit them in Austin!}

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.59.41 PM{what an amazing week with delicious food, quality time with husband, beautiful beaches and … }

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 5.59.31 PM{… the perfect car ride home with this guy. yep, we stole him from his mother}

xo xo

Beach or Bust


 “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmer of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.”

I haven’t been to the beach since our honeymoon. In 3 years. That’s practically blasphemous, y’all. The beach is my safe haven. I can never get enough of the sweet, salty air, sand between my toes and sultry sun beating on my sweat-stained skin. Give me a book and am margarita and I could sit outside all day. And that I will, starting Monday.

We leave tomorrow for the 12-hour drive to Gulf Shores, AL (my home state!). The purpose of the trip is ultimately for a best friend’s beach wedding, but we decided to turn it into a week-long vacation with a cozy condo overlooking the gulf.

Usually I plan every second of our trip from the restaurants we eat at to the activities we have to pack in, but this trip I have nothing – I repeat, NOTHING – planned. Except of course sleeping in and laying on the beach. It makes me a little anxious, but I’m also so excited to just relax and be spontaneous with our week. Who knows where it will take us?!

Follow our travels on Instagram @milledavis and through our hashtag #AldermansInAlabama.

I hope you have a good week. See you when we get back (very tan and very relaxed).
xo xo

Mixtape: KC Memorial Day Weekend ’13


Confession: I love mixtapes. If you make me a mixtape, I’ll love you forever. There’s something so special about them. All the mixtapes I’ve made or that have been given to me reflect a moment in time. The songs remind me of a specific person, place or event. I can go back and listen to them and remember the smallest details about that time in my life.

Over the years I’ve most commonly made mixtapes for road trips. Among my collection I have OKC, Tulsa, Green Forest, N. Dakota, Spring Break + many more. When I was younger I even used to write out all the songs on a piece of paper in order with title and artist. I still have the CD and list for Cozumel 2003. If only you knew what was on that CD…

In the spirit of old mixtapes, Husband and I are making one for our trip to Kansas City this weekend. We’re headed up for a little weekend getaway to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. Since we have very different taste in music it will be an interesting compilation, but will hopefully keep both of us musically satisfied for the trip.

Enjoy a peek at our mixtape and let me know what songs would be on yours. Happy long weekend! xo

1. Next to Me, Emeli Sande
2. You and I, Local Natives
3. Shake It Out, Florence + The Machine
4. I Should Live in Salt, The National
5. Today Was a Fairtytale, Taylor Swift
6. Humiliation, The National
7. West Coast, Coconut Records
8. This Is The Last Time, The National
9. Stay, Rihanna
10. Demons, The National
11. I Knew You Were Trouble, Taylor Swift
12. Sea of Love, The National
13. Freaks & Geeks, Childish Gambino
14. Pink Rabbits, The National
15. Breakers, Local Natives
16. Graceless, The National
17. Little Talks, Of Monsters and Men

P.S. I also purchased The Great Gatsby soundtrack for the trip, which is supposed to be AMAZING. It’s produced by Jay-Z, so that’s a pretty good start.